Tennessee State Legislator Criticizes Department of Health for Going Overboard with Warnings Against Raw Milk

All across the United States, there is a constant battle between health officials who argue that unpasteurized milk is too dangerous for consumption and raw milk advocates who argue that it is no more risky than buying produce or raw meat which is left up to the consumer to prepare. Each side uses its own carefully selected words and distributes its own propaganda to try to convince others to see it their way.

On July 21, 2015 the Tennessee Department of Health released a news bulletin that said: “Consuming raw milk in the belief it’s healthier than pasteurized milk is a perilous risk that shakes off the possibility of a range of serious and occasionally fatal illnesses for the individuals and anyone they share it with. Our best choice for healthy, nutritious milk is the pasteurized kind. Even if one believes there are health benefits, an upside, is it worth gambling on the downside risk of a serious illness, especially in a child?”

Senator Frank Niceley of Strawberry Plains, who sponsored 2009 legislation allowing cow sharing and has pushed for legalization of marketing for raw milk from these cow shares, believes the TN Department of Health is going overboard in their continuous warnings.

“Blue Bell ice cream killed three people, and it’s made with pasteurized milk,” he said. “Why aren’t they up in arms warning about that?”

Read more via Knox News here.

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Chinese Researchers Discover New Test to Detect Melamine in Milk & Infant Formula

In 2008, an estimated 300,000 infants in China became sick from milk powder formula, some with kidney damage that ultimately led to fatalities. It was later discovered that The Sanlu Group, one of the largest dairy producers in China, had tainted the milk with melamine, an additive that is used to give the appearance of higher protein content to conceal watered-down milk and is toxic to infants.

This was one of the largest food safety scandals in Chinese history, and serves as an example of how imperative it is to stay away from processed foods and instead build a diet with natural, wholesome foods.

Now Chinese scientists have discovered a new, faster, simpler and more reliable test that will detect melamine in milk – in hopes of making it more difficult for farmers and dairy producers to get away with this crime. After learning that gold nano-particles (AuNPs) bond easily with melamine, the researchers were able to devise a test using just AuNPs and a UV-Vis spectrophotometer to watch for a color change in the solution. This on-site test takes about 15 minutes from start to finish and can detect melamine levels as low as two parts per million.

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Canadian Government Wants Peaceful Farmers Imprisoned in Sheep Case

Raw milk celebrity farmer, Michael Schmidt, and Shepherdess Montana Jones, are threatened with potentially ten years in prison. According to its website, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is charging the farmers with a litany of violations related to thedisappearance of Jones’ herd of healthy, heritage breed Shropshire sheep in 2012.

The farmers’ crowdfunding page, set up by attorney and Canadian Constitution Foundation litigation director, Karen Selick, explains the details, including the need for immediate and continuing funding to keep these two peaceful, courageous farmers out of prison.

In addition to the CFIA ire over the disappearing sheep, various government agencies have attempted, for years, to prevent Michael Schmidt’s staunch support of raw milk and his continued persistence in supplying it to his community. According to Selick,

“Michael is a celebrity in the Real Food movement because of decades of activism aimed at legalizing the sale of raw milk. It’s reported that the CFIA desperately wants to put Michael in jail.”

This case could define the lives of two heroes of the real food movement. More importantly, it will define the movement: will outrageous and draconian criminal charges stick against peaceful farmers whose lives are dedicated to raising animals humanely? Or will the people come together in unity to stand with these farmers upon whom we all depend?

Please donate to the legal defense of Michael and Montana. And, once you have, as Karen requests, please ask others to do the same. Let us set a different precedent than the CFIA hopes to set and send the message that we value our dedicated farmers.

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Massachusetts Legislator Wants to Loosen Raw Milk Restrictions

Raw milk sales are currently legal in the state of Massachusetts via cow sharing. However, there are restrictions in place – requiring consumers to pick up the milk on the farm and mandated monthly milk testing, for example – that one Massachusetts legislator wants to loosen.

State Representative Smitty Pignatelli of Lenox is sponsoring a bill that would exempt small dairy farms from some of these rules, and he is hopeful that the bill will gain support and move forward in Fall 2015.

Massachusetts Animal Health Director Michael Cahill defends the guidelines that are in place, saying they are for the consumer’s benefit: on-site pickup allows consumers to see the health of the cows for themselves and monthly milk testing protects consumer health.

The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Massachusetts published a notice about the bill and is asking people to contact legislators in support of the new, less restrictive laws.

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Through the Eyes of a Food Freedom Fighter in Maine

This year, Maine is considering several “food freedom” bills (including a bill just passed by the House of Representatives that would loosen restrictions on raw milk sales), earning national attention from those who believe it is a human right to acquire fresh wholesome foods without interference from government regulators.

Maine Representative Craig Hickman is proposing an amendment to the Maine constitution that would legitimize and protect private food sales between producers and consumers. “Right to Food” reads: Every Individual has a natural and unalienable right to food and to acquire food for that individual’s own nourishment and sustenance by hunting, gathering, foraging, farming, fishing, or gardening or by barter, trade or purchase from sources of that individual’s own choosing, and every individual is fully responsible for the exercise of this right, which may not be infringed.

Joel Salatin, who recently testified before a Maine legislative committee in support of this amendment, shared a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at this hearing and the tension between the two opposing sides. He describes how 30 people showed up to testify in support of the amendment, while 2 testified against it. Predictably, the two that testified against were from the Maine Farm Bureau Federation and the Maine Department of Agriculture, and their remarks illustrated how “the orthodoxy of the industrial food system has no clue what our food freedom tribe thinks and can’t imagine why we can’t be satisfied with pasteurized milk, Hot Pockets, or microwaveable frozen dinners. They see this as choice; we see it as poison.”

Read more via his Facebook post here, Joel Salatin on Maine “Food Orthodoxy vs. Heresy”.

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90% of New Zealanders Surveyed Say Raw Milk Should Be Personal Choice; Government Listens

Last year, the New Zealand government surveyed over 2,000 raw milk consumers – finding that nearly 90% of respondents believe raw milk sales should be a matter of personal choice. Undoubtedly taking these survey results into account, the New Zealand government has decided to legalize raw milk sales from farms directly to consumers, beginning in March 2016.

Farm to consumer sales will include home deliveries and there will be no restrictions on quantities, though raw milk producers will have to register with the government, will need to meet certain hygiene requirements, will be subject to inspections and testing for pathogens, and will need to label raw milk appropriately so consumers can make informed decisions about consumption and the risks involved.

“I recognise that people feel strongly about their right to buy and drink raw milk. Equally, I am also aware of the strong concerns about the public health risks associated with drinking raw milk and the potential risk to New Zealand’s food safety reputation. We have worked hard to find the right balance between managing the risks to public health while recognising the demand from rural and urban consumers to access raw milk,” said Jo Goodhew, New Zealand’s Minister of Food Safety.

Read more via The Complete Patient blog,  Seeking “Right Balance,” New Zealand Legalizes Farm-to-Consumer Raw Milk Sales, Deliveries.

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Maine House of Representatives Passes Raw Milk Bill

The Maine House of Representatives has passed a bill that would loosen raw milk restrictions in the state of Maine, allowing farmers to sell raw milk directly to consumers on the farm without a license. Farmers would be required to take a sanitation course and would be prohibited from advertising.

The bill, which was proposed by Rep. William Noon, passed by a vote of 80-67 and will now go on to the Senate for consideration.

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Does the Minnesota State Constitution Allow for Raw Milk Sales?

A district court judge in Cook County, Minnesota has ruled that local farmer David Berglund is not in contempt of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) following his argument that the Minnesota State Constitution gives citizens the rights to “peddle” products of their farm without a license.

The battle between Berglund and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) started in 2013, when he refused to allow state inspectors onto his farm.

Berglund argues that Section 7 of the Minnesota State Constitution, which has been in place for over 100 years, reads: “No license required to peddle. Any person may sell or peddle the products of the farm or garden occupied and cultivated by him without obtaining a license therefor.”

Berglund’s case will continue but because of this ruling, “contempt of court” and the $500 per day fines that come with it are off the table. Read more via Food Safety News.

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South Dakota Raw Milk Legislation Goes Into Effect

In March 2015, South Dakota passed a bill to legalize the sale of raw milk for human consumption. This new legislation officially went into effect on July 1, 2015, much to the satisfaction of food freedom fighters across the state.

The new law, Senate Bill 45, creates a new category of “raw milk for human consumption” which makes unpasteurized dairy products like milk and cream legal products regulated by the state, just like Grade A milk. These regulations will differ from those that are required of Grade A dairies and manufacturing plants because, as raw milk supporters have pointed out, raw milk produced for direct consumption and raw milk produced for pasteurization are two different products. The new law acknowledges this difference.

A unique aspect of the South Dakota raw milk legislation is that, while the state will monitor raw milk producers’ coliform levels, there are no set standards and producers won’t be fined for coliform counts. There are those who believe that coliform testing is not a good indicator of milk safety.

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Finnish Fitness Gurus Say Processed Milk is Junk Food

Pasteurization and homogenization ruins the natural structure of milk, stripping it of many of its beneficial vitamins, fats, enzymes and bacteria. Thus the comparison that processed milk is junk food.

“Processed milk is liquid junk food. The natural structure of the milk is ruined during the processing and the body reacts to the change,” says Eeropekka Rislakki of the Eat & Joy Farmer’s Market chain in Finland. In his experience, many people whose bodies are intolerant of processed milk can drink unpasteurized milk without issue.

Finnish personal trainer Tomi Kokko is an active athlete and personal trainer used to drink up to ½ gallon of milk per day. Now that he is milk-free, he says he has more energy and gets sick less often. Kokko encourages his fitness clients to do a 2-week experiment without milk products. He claims that 95% of the people who try it don’t return to their old ways.

As in the United States, there are other nutritionists and health experts in Finland who disagree, claiming that studies show no clear evidence that raw milk is easier for the body to process than processed milk.

Whichever way you lean, it is safe to say that if you are going to drink processed milk, organic whole milk is the best option.

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